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compleat treatise of the muscles, as they appear in the humane body,
and arise in dissection...
1681. Copperplate engraving. National Library of Medicine.
The figure of an anatomized courtier langorously postures atop an
absurd pedestal. The overall effect is travesty. In reality the
nobility and gentry were protected from dissection—anatomists
used the bodies of criminals, outcasts and the poor.
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